Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Kyffin Williams RSPB Painting Flies In Rogers Jones Co Welsh Sale

Anglesey View Sells For £28,000

A painting originally donated by Sir Kyffin Williams to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and sold by them to raise funds for the charity was the highlight of The Welsh Sale at Colwyn Bay fine art auctioneers Rogers Jones on Saturday October 23 when it sold for £28,000.

The charity sale took place in the late 1980s, when the painting was sold for £3,000.

The oil on canvas showed an Anglesey coastal scene depicting the starkly rugged Ynys Gybi Cliffs below Ellis's Tower, South Stack and was painted in the artist's bold and distinctive palette-knife style. The picture was purchased by a mid-Wales gallery.

Nearest contender for top honours in the sale was Donald McIntyre's acrylic work depicting a rocky coastal cove with a single figure on the beach, titled "Iona" and bearing a label for the Fosse Gallery. It sold for £4,000.

McIntyre, who died in 2009, was born to Scottish parents in Leeds and spent his childhood in Scotland, but lived in North Wales for 45 years. He was a practising dentist but attended evening classes at Glasgow School of Art during his training, eventually becoming a full time artist at the age of 40. Inspired by the landscapes of his youth, he spent most summers painting on the Isle of Iona. His view of cottages on Mull looking across the Sound of Iona sold for £3,600.

Anglesey artist Wilf Roberts (b. 1941) was represented by 13 works, most valuable of which proved to be a view of cottages and path on the island, which was signed and dated 2009. It sold for £2,500, while an oil on canvas of cottages in a landscape, titled Towards Eryri, sold for £2,150.

Wales's answer to L.S. Lowry, the Swansea artist Nick Holly, was represented by an amusing Amsterdam winter scene with numerous children skating on a frozen canal, watched by several "red light ladies" sitting in the windows of townhouses lining the street. It sold for £3,000.

One newcomer to the auction scene was Liverpool-born Carl Hodgson (b. 1934) who gained his BA with Honours in Fine Art at the age of 60 following a career teaching disabled and disadvantaged children. Now living in Rhos on Sea, he has exhibited around the country and in New York and Brisbane but has never before sold his work at auction.

His striking painting of "Dylan Thomas, Dreaming Under Milk Wood", a scene showing many of the characters from the radio play, was chosen for the front cover of the auction sale catalogue and rewarded the artist by selling for an above estimate £1,000.

The next Welsh Sale will be held on April 23, 2011 and high quality entries are invited. For further information, please contact the auctioneers on 01492 532176 or

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